Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neurone disease is one of the most debilitating and devastating of the neurological diseases. The only comprehensive textbook available on the topic, this completely reorganized and expanded new edition examines all aspects of ALS from pathology to patient care and provides the reader with a ready reference to help with the difficulties encountered in patient diagnosis and treatment. Undoubtedly an important work in the field, this book will be of great interest to clinical neurologists and trainees, and to all those concerned with the care of people with ALS.
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Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA Royal London School of Medicine, UKFrom The New England Journal of Medicine:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive, paralyzing illness that is invariably fatal. It has been neglected until recently because there was only a poor understanding of pathogenesis and no treatment. Physicians often experience a sense of helplessness and frustration in conveying the diagnosis truthfully to patients and in helping them to cope with advancing disability and the prospect of death.
This book is an excellent review of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with respect to clinical features, pathological findings, functional and physiologic studies, pathogenesis, therapeutic approaches, and patient care. It is an international effort, with its three editors from the United States, France, and the United Kingdom and 57 other contributors, all of whom are acknowledged experts in the field. It is a credit to the editors that the various chapters read seamlessly, with little sign of the multiple authorship. In addition, this is a handsome book with an excellent typeface.
All of the issues surrounding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are dealt with in depth; a thought-provoking chapter covers the controversial subjects of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. I strongly recommend this compendium to neurologists and other physicians who provide care for patients with this illness.
Austin J. Sumner, M.D.
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